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Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) has a lovely post on his Dilbert.Blog "Affirmations". He's a huge believer in them:
Prior to my Dilbert success, I used affirmations on a string of hugely unlikely goals that all materialized in ways that seemed miraculous. Some of the successes you can explain away by assuming I’m hugely talented and incredibly sexy, and therefore it is no surprise that I accomplished my goals despite seemingly long odds. I won’t debate that interpretation because I like the way it sounds.There's nothing magical about affirmations, they're simply a way of getting your conscious and subconscious minds on the same page, so to speak. As Scott points out: "Writing affirmations takes effort. Perhaps your subconscious only allows you to spend that much time on goals that it feels you have a chance of obtaining even if your rational mind does not."
Give affirmations a try.
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I love Pages. The program is easy to use - after a short learning curve if you come from the Windows world like I do - and you can quickly turn out professionally designed documents.
But the program does simple tasks well too. For example, my most-used Pages template isn't for a brochure or a newsletter. It's a template for a simple ruled page (above), which I downloaded free from the iWorkCommunity.com Template Exchange. I have a Cornell Notes template too, from the same site. The site is a great resource.
Here are some long-project writing tips to help you to cruise through the month:
* Make writing your daily stint the FIRST thing you do each day (well, after the obvious comfort chores.) Get to your computer BEFORE you dress, while you're still close to your subconscious mind - in that not-quite-awake state;Good luck! :-)
* Read your writing before you go to sleep. Reading what you've already written allows your subconscious to work on your story as you sleep;
* Carry a small notebook with you throughout the day, so you can write down any sudden inspirations;
* Just WRITE. Forget your inner critic. You can bring your critic back after your NaNoWriMo stint;
* Remember to make writing fun for yourself. Write only what's FUN for you to write. Having fun is vital: if you bore yourself, you'll bore readers.
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The Gardian's "Braving a new world" discusses the literary world of Second Life:
Recreating the legendary Parisian bookshop within a virtual world may seem like a bizarre idea but, somehow, it works perfectly. I walk through the doors and into a room lined with bookshelves filled with brightly coloured spines, armchairs and stools tucked into cosy nooks and crannies. The Shakespare and Co motto - "Be not inhospitable to strangers / lest they be angels in disguise" - is in pride of place above a doorway. It is arguably a little more tidy than the original, but then most things in Second Life are. It is also a bookshop with a sense of atmosphere, the kind where you feel that maybe you'd like to sit down, kick back and browse for a while. It conveys both warmth and purpose - features that many virtual world buildings lack.
I've been pushing the "get a blog!" barrow for writers for a while now.
Really - please do it, it's a way to get noticed in any profession, now just in writing.
Gone are the days of sending in clips or walking a portfolio into an office. Employers, like everyone else, are checking out potential hires on the Internet with a few clicks of a mouse. Writing a blog, could improve your chances as a candidate because an updated sites boosts your ranking in search engines and offers potential employers a full sense of who you are. "I have gotten a couple of freelance clients from my blog, simply because they liked my writing style," says Laina Dawes, a freelance writer and the creator of the blog, Writing is Fighting.
Nothing to do this weekend? Spend some time writing. Here's a roundup of useful stuff from the archives:
I don't use Tarot as a fortune-telling device because I believe that you create your own fortune. However, divination is a great way to learn how the cards work - think "Zero Point Field", or Jung's synchronicity.
How to brainstorm with Tarot
You can brainstorm with Tarot in any way you wish. I usually just lay out a few cards, get into a meditative state, and start writing when the ideas start to flow.
Here are a couple of great information posts from TarotTools on brainstorming with Tarot:
With only a few days to blast-off, it's time to get your story into shape.
Stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Your novel is a STORY.
When you're in the heat of creating your first draft, it's useful to remind yourself of this.
There are many theoretical ways of thinking about story structure. Here's one of the simplest:
* Beginning: the first quarter of the story/ novel. This is the setup. In the setup, we meet the central characters, and discover what their goals are.
* Middle: half the story. This is known as the "dreaded middle", because many novels have a tendency to become bogged down here. Don't let this happen. Make life VERY hard for your characters here. Keep asking yourself "what's the worst that could happen?" - then make it happen.
* End: this is the final quarter of the story. Wind up sub-plots. You're heading for the big bang, the climax of your story, which comes a few pages before the end. Once the climax occurs, your story is just about OVER.
I hope you've been listing your action scenes. Write each scene on an index card - just a sentence will do - and arrange those cards in order of Beginning, Middle and End.
Keep your index cards beside you as you work on the novel.
With less than a week to go, are your knees trembling, NaNoWriMo participant? :-)
Here's a roundup of useful stuff to both build your NaNoWriMo muscles and give you the gear you need:
* The official NaNoWriMo site
* The NaNoWriMo Utilities
* Windows yWriter free novel writing software
* Character Chart
* Mac software Jer's Novel Writer
* Cut and Paste Word count
One of the biggest benefits of this online app is its ability to create PDFs with active hyperlinks. I just saved this document as a PDF, and included a link to my Creativity Factory blog - http://www.angelabooth.com/wp/
I selected File, Save As PDF, and the new PDF was created and saved to my computer desktop. When I opened the PDF, the link was active. Great stuff if you need to create PDFs but don't own Adobe Acrobat.
You can also create instant HTML documents, with images - once again, this is ideal if you're not at your own computer.
Give Google Docs & Spreadsheets a try - it may become one of your favorite applications, because it frees you from being tied to a particular computer. I'll be asking my writing students to use the app, because it makes working together so easy.
Finding information on any of those sites just got easier. I've created a Google Custom Search Engine just for my sites.
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